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Friday, November 3, 2017

Andi Bun Hat

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I told you this would be a season of bun hats, and I won't hold out on you. Even though I didn't make enough time to publish two patterns last month (I tend to prioritize my kids over the blog most of the time) I've still got some new designs and some new plays on old designs that I'm drying to share with you. Recently I've been delving into colorwork and have been having a lot of fun re-working old patterns into amazing new creations.

Today we're taking a new look at Kip's Bun Hat. A client recently showed me a photograph of a hat in certain colors, burgundy, teal and rich royal purple, but she wanted it in the style of the Kip. Intrigued, I began working the rounds of my most familiar pattern alternating the colors into what turned out to be a stunningly beautiful combination.

Named in my client's honor the Andi was born! It turned out absolutely spectacularly and I couldn't be more pleased.

We are going to be doing some color changes, so this makes the Andi one of my few Intermediate Level patterns. If you're still a beginner, don't be intimidated, try it out! And if you love the look of Andi but want to make it in a solid color, or just aren't feeling the color changes then visit the original Kip's Bun Hat pattern.

Another word to the wise, any of my bun hats can be converted to toboggans (with no bun hole) by using the following formula:

Bun Hat to Regular Hat Conversion Formula

  1. Begin with magic ring
  2. Stitch 10 into magic ring, pull closed, join, ch 1 (10 sts)
  3. Stitch 2 into each st around, join, ch 1 (20 sts)
  4. *Stitch 1, st 2* around, join, ch 1 (30 sts)
  5. continue following pattern at round 2.
This works because all my bun hat patterns start with 30 stitches around an elastic hair tie. The diameter of the hair tie is approximately two rounds of crochet, therefore, to begin without a hole, make two rounds which eventually equals 30 stitches. Then you can continue any bun hat pattern after the beginning hair tie round. The formula uses the word "stitch" instead of specifying which stitch to ensure it is applicable to any pattern. Simply substitute in whichever stitch the bun hat you are working requires. For my bun hats, that's usually the HDC. It's kinda my favorite stitch. Now let's do this!

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Andi’s Bun Hat

Hook: H8/5MM

Red Heart Super Saver in Real Teal
Red Heart Super Saver in Burgundy
I Love This Yarn in Purple

Gauge: 6 HDC = 2” or 1 bobble repeat = 1”
Difficulty: Intermediate
Materials: 2” hair elastic, yarn needle

Special Stitches:

Hdc Inc- half double crochet increase, make two hdc in the the next st

Bobble Stitch - yo, insert hook into next st, yo, draw up loop, yo, draw thru two loops, *yo, insert hook into same st, yo, draw up a loop, yo, draw thru two loops*, repeat** two more times, (5 loops on hook) yo, draw thru all loops. Bobble will poof out behind work.

Fpdc- front post double crochet: double crochet around the front of the post of the indicated stitch, instead of into the “v” on top of the stitch as usual. 

Notes: Ch 1 at beginning of round does not count as a stitch. Always make first stitch of round in same stitch as join & ch 1. Do not break yarn in between color changes unless you want to individually weave in all the yarn tails. You may carry yarns along inside, picking up and dropping colors when necessary.


Begin with PurpleJoin yarn to hair elastic, ch 1.

Round 1: Hdc 30 around hair elastic, join with a sl st to the first hdc, ch 1. Keep right side facing. 

Round 2: join burgundy, *hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (40 sts)

Round 3: pick up purple, *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1. (50 sts)

Round 4: join teal, *hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc, hdc inc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 1 (60 sts)

Round 5: pick up purple, hdc in each st around, join, ch 1, pick up burgundy. (60 sts)

Round 6: turn work so wrong side is facing, sc in the first st, bobble in the next st, *sc, sc, bobble*, repeat ** around to  last st, sc in the last st, join, ch 1, turn. (20 bobbles)

Rounds 10 &11: pick up purple, repeat rounds 7 & 8.

Round 12: pick up burgundy, repeat round 6.

Rounds 13 & 14: pick up purple, repeat rounds 7 & 8.

Round 15: pick up teal, repeat round 6, then turn so right side is facing.

Round 16: pick up purple, hdc in each st around, join, ch 1.

Round 17: hdc in each st around, join, ch 2.

Round 18: pick up burgundy, dc in each st around, join, ch 2. 

Round 19: *dc, fpdc*, repeat ** around, join, ch 2. 

Rounds 20: repeat round 19, but do not ch 2.

Round 21: sl st very loosely around rim of hat, join, fo, weave in ends.

Rounds 7 & 8: pick up purple, sc in each st around, join, ch 1. (60 sts)

Round 9: pick up teal, repeat round 6.

Interested in other colorwork patterns? Give my friends at allfreecrochet.com a try. Their highly searchable database houses thousands of 100% FREE crochet patterns. Enjoy!

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